Do You Suffer From Chronic Pain?
Approximately 100 million Americans currently suffer from chronic pain, which is defined as “pain lasting longer than six months.” Chronic pain can be a daily annoyance, or it can be incapacitating. This type of pain is a common indicator that your injury didn’t heal. At Life Health Medical Center, we focus on treatment of the entire body. We do not just treat the symptom, we search for answers and find the root cause of your pain so we can help you live a longer, healthier life. We aim to rid of your symptoms as well as the cause and develop treatment plans to fit our patients needs and lifestyles.
Understanding Chronic Pain
With chronic pain, signals of pain will remain active in your body’s nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Constantly living with pain can take a mental and physical toll on your body. Headaches, joint pain, backaches, tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain from injury are the most common issues causing chronic pain. Chronic pain can impact all areas of your body, causing you to have additional problems including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and anger. Failure to seek the right treatment can place a patient in an ongoing cycle of these emotions as the body’s production of natural painkillers are ineffective against chronic pain. While our bodies natural instinct is to fix the parts that hurt and work towards healing them, the body cannot maintain this healing mode for a long period of time. This leads to chronic pain because the body wasn’t able to heal the affected area so it continues hurting, or because the nervous system continue firing even after the affected area has healed.
How Do I Know If I Have Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can occur anywhere in the body and range from mild to severe pain. Often times the pain occurs in a location where a previous injury was. In the situations where it is misdiagnosed, our Life Medical Center physician will be able to see a current injury. If that is the case, then you will require a different course of treatment than what would be needed for chronic pain. Symptoms of chronic pain can feel like: dull ache, shooting or stabbing pain, general soreness in the area, stiffness, throbbing, or stinging. Other symptoms such as trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, and fatigue can also be symptoms but are less common. It is smart to seek medical attention if you suspect you suffering from chronic pain. Life Medical Center can assist you in your recovery and make sure you are getting the right treatment for your pain.
Chronic Pain Treatment
When you meet with our physicians at Life Health Medical Center, you will undergo a complete physical evaluation, discuss your health history, and focus on learning about your chronic pain symptoms and the condition that can cause it. Pain treatments will vary based on the amount of time you have been dealing with chronic pain, how bad it is, where you hurt, and what is causing your pain. Your history of injuries and genetics may also play a role.
Treatments for chronic pain have changed over the years, but modern treatments have been effective for millions of people. We can use one or a combination of the following treatments:
- Spinal Adjustments
- Massage and stretching
Each treatment is carefully considered by our physicians before we recommend them. Your health is our top priority and we work hard to ensure you are given the best treatments for your chronic pain problems. Contact Life Health Medical Center today, 801-997-8881, for additional information about pain management.